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Future Franklin County football schedules are coming into focus
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Franklin County head football coach Chris Jones (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

Athletic scheduling, especially in football, has been the most difficult by-product of the Virginia High School League's planned restructuring from three classifications to six.

But it seems as though Franklin County's football schedules for the 2013-14 contract cycle are coming into focus.

Although the dates and sites have not been finalized, it appears as if the Eagles have eight commitments and two that are pending.

FCHS will be Class 6-A in the pending classification system.

FCHS's placement in the Piedmont District, which will include teams in Class 2-A, Class 3-A, Class 4-A, Class 5-A and Class 6-A, gives the school guaranteed games against Halifax County, a Class 5-A school, and George Washington-Danville and Bassett, both Class 4-A teams.

As a Class 3-A school, Magna Vista is not required to play FCHS, but the Warriors have opted to do so.

By rule schools in the same district or schedule alliance that are separated by three classifications (for example a 3-A and a 6-A ) are not required to play one another.

The last three games in the FCHS-Magna Vista series have been decided by 13 points with the Eagles winning in 2010 and this season and the Warriors claiming victory in 2011.

The same holds true with Class 3-A Christiansburg of the River Ridge District, but the Eagles and the Blue Demons will continue their series for two more years.

Christiansburg won 42-8 en route to a runner-up showing in Group AA Division 4 last year and edged FCHS in overtime, 31-28, last weekend.

Salem, a Class 4-A school, is returning for the next two years and the Eagles and Patrick Henry, a Class 6-A school, will continue their rivalry, which began in the old Roanoke Valley District and carried over into the Western Valley District.

FCHS and Greensboro (N.C.) Smith have reached an agreement to play in 2013 and 2014, Eagles head coach Chris Jones said, and possible game against Pulaski County and Western Guilford (N.C.) have yet to be finalized.

Pulaski County, which last played FCHS in 2008, is a 4-A school in the River Ridge District.

The two North Carolina schools are Class 4-A, the largest under the state's current classification system, but like Virginia, the state also is engaged in realignment.

Smith is one of three high schools in the city of Greensboro. The others are Grimsley and Page.

FCHS has not played an opponent from out-of-state since completing a two-year contract agreement with Union High School in Union, W.Va. in 1977.

FCHS, coached by Miller Bennington at the time, won both games by shutout: 30-0 in 1976 on the road and 35-0 in 1977 at home. Union closed in 1994.

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